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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Mick The White Koala

Mick The White Koala Bear

A rare white koala has received medical treatment in an Australian animal hospital after suffering blindness caused by chlamydia. Australian media said the koala, nicknamed Mick, was found by police and was taken to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, north of Sydney.

Mick The White Koala Bear

The koala underwent surgery and was given antibiotics to restore his sight and health. The koala came in with a chlamydial conjunctivitis. He had very bad conjunctivitis in his eyes. He’s been surgically dealt with. He’s had antibiotics and he’s looking good,” Koala Hospital supervisor Cheyne Flanagan told local media. “Mick” (as the koala has been cold) ; was not an albino, as he had a black nose and yellow eyes, but was a rare white koala.

Mick The White Koala BearThe koala was returned to the wild at a secret location to protect him from poachers. Chlamydia is a bacterium that infects a wide range of animals and is considered the main pathogen of koalas. Infections occur in the urogenital tract and respiratory tract and can cause infertility, blindness and ultimately death. The visible symptoms are conjunctivitis and urinary tract infections causing incontinence, leading to a condition known as ‘dirty tail’ or ‘wet bottom’.

Watch Video of Mick the rare and beautiful white koala .

posted by Monique at 12:49 pm  

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4 Comments »

  1. Hi isnt Mick cool i read about him in the paper last week

    Comment by wayne — October 1, 2007 @ 8:52 am

  2. That’s cute, however you have made an error in the title of your post. Koala’s are not bears and are in no way related to bears. They are simply koalas. Leave out the “bears” when you speak or write about these wonderful creatures.

    With thanks from an Aussie. :)

    Comment by Denise — March 26, 2009 @ 9:26 am

  3. oops….koalas, not koala’s. :)

    Comment by Denise — March 26, 2009 @ 9:27 am

  4. Hi Koalas are no relation to bears their nearest relative is the wombat. They are not bears!!

    Comment by Colin — June 28, 2009 @ 7:05 am

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